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Post  Feistywidget on 11/18/2011, 6:54 pm

I know with traditional row gardening method, you do crop rotation so you don't get pests and to avoid plant diseases, etc.

I'm wondering if this is something you have to do with SFG boxes and if so how often? Basically is it something mandatory with SFG? If it's going to create healthier plants and be beneficial for your SFG, fine. However if it doesn't matter either way, then please let me know. Either way (yes it's mandatory, no it doesn't make any difference) please provide clarification with this.

Every season? By season.....is it the actual season (rotating every spring, summer, winter, fall) or does season mean you rotate at the start of every new year whenever the new season starts in your area?

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Post  camprn on 11/18/2011, 6:55 pm

I rotate crops to different boxes each year.

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Post  southern gardener on 11/18/2011, 6:57 pm

with ours, it sort of naturally rotates. When we empty a square, we add the compost and just planted a different plant/seed in the square. Really nothing to think about, it just sort of happens.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 11/18/2011, 7:00 pm

@southern gardener wrote:with ours, it sort of naturally rotates. When we empty a square, we add the compost and just planted a different plant/seed in the square. Really nothing to think about, it just sort of happens.

And that's pretty much the basic idea stated in the book. Very Happy
fiesty, check out page 144 for a bit more on crop rotation. Not as critical as row gardening, but still very much suggested.

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Post  Feistywidget on 11/18/2011, 7:04 pm

Um a very stupid question, but here goes anyway. According to the ppl on this forum since you're using 5 different kinds of fertilizer (which is minimum, according to them you could possibly add more) it provides all the nutrients the plant needs.

So if that's the case, why do you have to add compost when you replant?

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Post  camprn on 11/18/2011, 7:10 pm

The recipe does not call for fertilizer but 5 different types of compost. I think of the compost as building tilth and nutrition and health to the growing medium, not just adding chemicals, tho those would do the job, sorta...

By adding compost after harvest and before growing something new, it feeds the growing medium, so it in turn will feed the plant so that it in turn will feed me.

And I think it was a very good question! Very Happy

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Post  sherryeo on 11/18/2011, 7:47 pm

In other words, the plants use the nutrients in the compost, so you have to replenish it with more, especially at the point where you're ready to plant more veggies in the same squares.

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Post  sfg4uKim on 11/18/2011, 7:49 pm

Feisty, I think you would really enjoy the book - it covers the two areas you asked about.

I wouldn't use the word "mandatory", instead crop rotation is automatic because you re-use each square up to 3 times a year (spring, summer & fall crops) depending on how long from planting until harvest.

No matter WHAT method you choose, you should ALWAYS rotate members of the nightshade family and not replant tomatoes, eggplant, etc. in the same square(s) for three years.

Because SFG is such an INTENSIVE method, it takes the nutrients out of the soil more quickly than other methods - thus the reason you will want to add a trowel-full of compost when you harvest a square.

The main areas Mel feels should be strictly adhered to have to do with a wide variety of composts in your mix, thoroughly watering every 2" as you add your Mel's Mix to the raised bed and the grid. He has found that when people don't follow his suggestions, they tend to blame the METHOD instead of the fact that they are not following the method.

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